US asks India to scrap S-400 missile deal with Russia

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Washington, Jun 22 : Ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to India next week, Washington has asked India to scrap the S-400 Triumf defence missile deal with Russia or risk facing CAATSA sanctions, according to the media reports here.
Passed in 2017, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) is a US law that imposed sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran.
Speaking on India’s S-400 defence missile deal with Russia, a senior State Department official said in a conference call on Friday that this was the time when the US will be encouraging India to look at alternatives.
Responding to a query on the S-400 issue, the official said that the US has been urging India to forego transactions with Russia that risk triggering the CAATSA sanctions.
The official added that the Donald Trump administration has taken great steps to enhance its military interoperability with India as well as the quality and quantity of the defence technology relations.
UNI

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